Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic
Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic

Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic


Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic is the first professional orthotic device with removable first ray sections that has been designed with proximal and distal plugs. These plugs can be removed either individually or together as needed, making treatment of first ray function easier. VASYLI + Howard Dananberg (VHD) orthotic is heat moldable that allows personalization of rear foot control. The flexibility of the VHD design provides a wide combination of applications to address tri-planar motion problems of patients. Vasyli Dananberg Orthotic is primarily made of Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA), which is a microcellular foam used extensively in the midsole of most quality sports footwear.

This product to be used under professional guidance.

Item #DescPkgPrice 
71HDF X Small Pair $82.99 $51.99
71HDF Small Pair $82.99 $51.99
71HDF Medium Pair $82.99 $51.99
71HDF Large Pair $82.99 $51.99
71HDF X Large Pair $82.99 $51.99
71HDF XX Large Pair $82.99 $51.99

Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic

Product Characteristics:

  • Designed for patients with first ray dysfunction that leads to hallux limitus
  • Both plugs can be removed in cases where maximum effect is required, such as with structural hallux limitus (SHL) 
  • Removing both plugs enhances first ray function by offering a larger path of least resistance to the joint 
  • Reduces the force required to dorsiflex the great toe 
  • Increase range of motion of the great toe joint 
  • Sorbon shock heel dot dissipates force along the angle of strike 
  • Allows the user to tune the function of the first ray by using the proximal and distal plugs to raise or lower the first ray 
  • Can be easily heat molded with a standard heat gun and further customized using Vasyli posting pieces 
  • Triplanar motion control to control foot function in all the 3 cardinal planes - Frontal, Transverse, Sagittal 
  • High degree of metatarsal control 
  • Custom Fit Shoe for diabetes 
  • Top cover is nylon brushed

Key Benefits:

Helps relieve pain, whether in the back, heel or knee
Perfect for walking and everyday use
Appropriate for athletic footwear
Designed for both men and women boots
Suitable for casual shoes of both men and women
Heat moldable property provides a custom fit


  • Stage 1-3 Hallux Limitus
  • Hallux Abducto Valgus 
  • Achilles Tendonitis 
  • Metatarsalgia 
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Tired/Aching Legs
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome 
  • Lower Back Pain 
  • Patello Femoral Pain 
  • Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome

How Vasyli Dananberg Orthotic Works?

  To accommodate variations in the length of foot and toes of a patient, plugs can be removed when fitting the orthotic, ensuring that the head of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) coincides with the plug removed.
  Here the patient is diagnosed with Functional Hallitus LImitus (FHL). The Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic enhances first ray plantar flexion, thereby reducing the force required to dorsiflex the great toe. These images depict a 40% reduction in force under the great toe during end-stage propulsion.

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Wearing In and Care:

  • It may take a few days for your feet to become accustomed to orthotics
  • If any discomfort accurs, remove them for one or two hours, then wear them again
  • Continue to do so until comfortable
  • If any discomfort continue, consult your physician

Cleaning Instructions:

  • Simply wipe the cover with a damp cloth
  • In the unlikely event of odor build up, the custom orthotic can be wiped with an antibacterial solution


SizeMen Shoe SizeWomen Shoe Size
X Small3.5 - 54.5 - 6
Small5.5 - 76.5 - 8
Medium7.5 - 98.5 - 10
Large9.5 - 1110.5 - 12
X Large11.5 - 13-
XX Large13.5 - 15-

Customer Reviews

Questions & Answers

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Do they have to be worn as pairs?
Miranda - 3/2/2017 11:16:52 PM
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As a general rule, yes. Vasyli Dananberg Orthotic balances the lower limbs. Always fit a pair, even if pain is felt in only one foot or limb, which is usually the case.
Customer Care - 3/3/2017 12:08:28 AM
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Do they fit on top of existing insoles?
Betty - 3/2/2017 11:16:17 PM
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No, remove all insoles within the footwear being fitted with the Vasyli Dananberg Orthotic. If the orthotic is fitted on top of existing insoles, it will "de-tune" the effectiveness of prescription and may contribute to arch intolerance, as will well-worn footwear. As a general rule, if the footwear has a full-length insole fitted, replace it with a full-length orthotic.
Customer Care - 3/3/2017 12:08:14 AM
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How are they cleaned?
Nelson - 3/2/2017 11:15:47 PM
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Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic covers are impregnated with an antibacterial / antimicrobial compound to eliminate odor. If the product requires general cleaning, wipe over with a damp cloth using a mild soap solution, rinse, towel dry, and air naturally. Do not expose the orthotics to any external heat source. Do not soak or machine wash.
Customer Care - 3/3/2017 12:07:54 AM
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Can I reheat them?
Mike - 3/2/2017 11:15:19 PM
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Yes, you can reheat Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic, if required. However, you cannot "regenerate" the rearfoot control by heat-molding. That requires the use of the rearfoot additions. Vasyli Dananberg First Ray Orthotic will not mold under body heat generated in the footwear.
Customer Care - 3/3/2017 12:07:36 AM
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